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Doctor Who: The End of Time (HUGE SPOILERS)

The trailer hasn’t officially been released in the UK yet, but it was shown at the San Diego Comicon, and originally put onto YouTube by safia43. Don’t click unless you really want to know who is going to ‘knock four times’ and presumably bring about the death of the Tenth Doctor in the Christmas special two-parter!
SPOILER WARNING!

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When David Snogged John…

From the San Diego Comicon:

So very Barrowman of course, but bravo to Tennant, who’ll be very sorely missed for so very many reasons…

(via The Gay-Atheist)

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (Trailer)

Oh now this is exciting. Not just a creepy story in its own right but an ultra-dark lead-in to Ten’s last hurrah…

I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing mostly where this is going, but I’m dead curious to learn the hows & whys.

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Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (Spoilers)

And so the first of the 2009 Tennant specials is with us. And before I say anything else, let me make one thing clear: this is a lot better than the Christmas special! There is some frustrating sentimentality (this was co-written by RTD after all), but quite a strong plot and a resumption of continuity, at least to close. It’s hardly pushing the franchise into original territory (I’m expecting Steven Moffat to make inroads on that next year), but it was quirky, Tennant was on good form and Michelle Ryan was surprisingly effective as Lady Christina de Souza.

Be real for a moment and realise an episode co-written by outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies was never going to have many surprises in store. But the disappearance of a London bus through a wormhole into a long destroyed planet is still highly entertaining. Much of this is down to the chemistry between Tennant and Michelle (‘Bionic Woman’) Ryan, and she’s very watchable. Her lovable thief Lady Christina is more than a match for The Doctor – an intelligent, physical heroine despite herself, and enjoyably immoral in contrast with her more immediate predecessors. Hers and Tennant’s chemistry thankfully papers over some cringingly bad scripting and overcomes some terrible casting. Whoever thought Lee Evans was suitable for any role, let alone the mad professor who figures out how to get The Doctor & co home, should be shot. The romp in getting them home is worth it though, and the threat of the alien swarm is well developed. Is there the edge from ‘Silence in the Library‘ or ‘Forest of the Dead‘? Of course not, but that’s not RTD’s strength. It’s a nicely seasonal heroic rescue story, and the finale where Carmen tells him ‘your song is ending’ is delightfully cryptic. ‘It is returning through the dark’ she says – what exactly? Presumably the threat which leads to Ten’s death, but what? With a companion it would feel less of a worry, but with the character now fully alone it’s alarming. ‘He will knock four times’ eh? The Master? The clock is ticking…

I’ll miss Ten when he leaves. David Tennant and Russell T Davies have between them managed to ingrain this incarnation of the character into the national consciousness, and in this era of minimal audience attention that’s no mean achievement. Ten enjoys exploration and humanity so much, he’s almost a throwback to the utopianism which Star Trek has just allegedly thrown off. His inspirational nature is a wonderful, upbeat counterweight to the darkness regularly on our screens, particularly from America, and this special thankfully had little of the smarminess of the Christmas special. The Doctor’s pleased at his success in saving people, but then finds he’s soon to die. I wonder how much more of that subplot will come out in ‘Waters of Mars’…

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (Trailer)

The first of the post-Christmas Doctor Who specials, leading to the end of David Tennant’s run and the transition from Tenth to Eleventh Doctor is just days away (645pm on 11th April, BBC1):

Looks like fun (yes, even though it’s co-written by RTD…)!

Matt Smith – the Eleventh Doctor

I have to admit I’ve been caught by surprise by the excitement I’m feeling around the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Like Neil Gaiman I’m slightly disappointed Paterson Joseph didn’t get it, but new Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat says he was an instantaneous fit for how he saw Eleven, and that’s more than good enough for me. He has the chops for serious, the chops for credible, and no baggage to hinder him in becoming an Eleven very different to David Tennant’s Ten. We have a very young man playing 900+, which should be very interesting indeed, particularly if Moffat revisits continuity he’s already introduced, such as Professor River Song

I strongly believe that David Tennant has chosen to retire Ten about a series (or part of one, think about it) too soon, and I’ll be very sad to see him go. In four years he’s managed to define the role for an entire generation, but the secret of the franchise’s longevity has been its ability to completely reinvent itself from its bad times as well as its good ones. Moffat + Smith in 2010 is now really intriguing.

The Eleventh Doctor

The viral rumour is now confirmed: at 5.35pm GMT tomorrow BBC1 is screening a Doctor Who Confidential which will reveal the long-anticipated Eleventh Doctor! Now whilst I’m gutted that David Tennant is retiring Ten about a series too soon, I’m dead excited to find out who Steven Moffat’s initial Doctor will be. Given that the episodes he’s written of every series so far (Blink anyone?) have been the highlights of the relaunched franchise, tomorrow’s announcement is huge.

Smart money is on:

Paterson Joseph

Matt Smith

Sean Pertwee

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Paterson Joseph has been the most peristently rumoured name for months, and considering he’s got more than enough experience in both comedy and drama (and is an accomplished theatrical actor), my hope remains that the bookies are right. He was my top choice before Eccleston was cast as Nine! Having said that Ejiofor has equal (if not superior) experience – seen Serenity? Seen Dirty Pretty Things? He would also be a delightful Eleven. I hope that Pertwee (despite his parentage) doesn’t get it, but don’t be surprised for an outsider like Matt Smith to win it – RTD barred the relaunched franchise from taking on an ageing Doctor, which by that criteria puts Ejiofor and Smith at the top of the shortlist…